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The key is to be present and be kind, instead of speedy and making enemies of your moments, or lapsing into lethargy and obsessing about your story about how you are. So breathe deep. Smile if you have to. Think of others first—and comport yourself in such a manner that, win or lose, you are proud of what you offer this world.

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My Dog Is A Great Teacher

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It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.

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I Done It – Again

Pain medications are both a blessing and a curse. I take morphine and Percocet on a daily basis to treat my chronic pain. My body has grown tolerant to very high levels of medications in every shape and form. I take my prescribed dose at The prescribed time every single day.

But sometimes life happens and I end up taking them later than normal. Sometimes I take them earlier than I am supposed to. And sometimes, like today, I take more than what I should. Either my pain level is totally unbearable or I am utterly exhausted and I just need to sleep.

Which is what happened tonight. Insomnia is a major issue for me and sleep is not something that comes natural. I have not slept without the aid of some sort of chemical combination in many years and I hate that.

So I took some extra medications tonight with the hope that I would go to bed and fall asleep right away. I crawled into bed next to my husband and he cuddled into me from behind. I closed my eyes and started some deep breathing to help me relax and wind down but then my head started to feel funny. It was an instant headache. And then my stomach began to burn.

My heart sank. I wasn’t going to get a good night’s sleep. I knew right away that this was going to be a miserable night.

It’s now 2am. My ears are ringing. My entire head hurts in ways I can’t describe and I’ve thrown up 3 times and I know it’s not the end of it. I really screwed up tonight. Taking extra medication is one thing but I really went overboard tonight and now I’m suffering because of it.

It’s my own damn fault.


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I Like Bright Things. Do You?

Upcoming Meteor Showers You’re Going To Want To See

The Orionid meteor shower originates from Halley’s Comet. It begins on October 2 and runs until November 7, but the best time to watch is when it peaks on the night of October 21-22. This particular meteor shower is just a moderate one, delivering around 20 meteors per hour under ideal conditions, however the meteors tend to be quite bright, and with the crescent Moon setting early in the evening, sky conditions for most of the night will be good.

If you find yourself far from city lights and under clear skies, this is definitely worth checking out.

The Leonid meteor shower runs from November 6-30, and peaks on the night of the 17th-18th. The stream of debris that produces the shower is left behind by Comet Tempel-Tuttle, and it contains more gravel-sized bits, which cause bright meteors in the sky.

Since the Moon is almost at its new phase at this time of the month, the skies should be dark enough to provide good viewing (given clear skies), so this is a worthwhile shower to watch. Even though this shower usually produces around 15 meteors per hour, on occasion, it can deliver a meteor storm – with hundreds of meteors streaking through the sky. Such a storm is not expected in until 2033 or 2034, though.

The August Perseid meteor shower is often held up as the best meteor shower of the year, but the Geminids are definitely a contender in 2017, it might be unmatched.

Not only do the Geminids deliver more meteors – around 120 per hour when it peaks on the night of December 13-14 – but this year there are nearly perfect conditions for seeing them. The waning crescent Moon rises very early in the morning, so much of the night will be free of the Moon’s light, and even after it rises, it won’t offer up much of a challenge to the Geminids.

One of the remarkable things about the Geminid meteor shower is that it originates from a rare object, 3200 Phaethon, which is a so-called rock comet. Comets throw off a combination of ice, dust and rock as they travel around the Sun. Rock comets leave behind a stream of just dust and rock, and a lot of it is gravel sized. That makes the Geminid meteors bright, and they even show up multi-coloured, due to the minerals and metals contained in these bits of gravel!

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